Five Mine Victims from BIH Inspire Us with Their Ascent of Mt. Triglav
The world marks this year’s International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on April 4th during challenging times. For this reason, it is more important than ever to highlight the need for continued support of those who are faced with the threat of landmines and other explosive remnants of war as well as the empowerment of mine victims.
To do that, ITF would like to share a story that can serve as an inspiration to each and every one of us. It is a story of five survivors of landmine explosions from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who conquered Mt. Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia, despite their injuries and all the difficulties they were faced with. Their effort was meant to highlight the ongoing problems faced by many mine victims around the world in their everyday life and to show them that if you are dedicated to achieving something, there is nothing that can hold you back.
The success of this project was the result of individuals and organisations working together with one goal – to empower mine victims and allow them to live their life to the fullest. The ascent was accomplished with the support of ITF in partnership with Alpine Association of Slovenia and financed by the Republic of Korea. The climb also shows the impact appropriate and quality prostheses can have on the lives of mine victims. With the help of ITF and a generous donation by Germany, several climbers received their prostheses at the University Rehabilitation Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (URI – Soča) or The Miracles Center for Prosthesis and Care in Mostar.
This international collaboration highlights the amazing results that can be achieved by working together to empower mine victims and strive towards a mine free world.